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First Community Energy Impact report since 2015

In 2015 the community energy sector conducted its first impact report which served as a baseline for our metrics and impact. We knew the sector had been growing but this is the first time its contribution has been measured robustly.

And what a result! 55 groups of various sizes completed the survey:

  • More than half of these groups were established since 2015, suggesting the sector has doubled in size over 8 years
  • The groups completed 730 projects, equating to almost 12MW of renewable generation in the last 12 months and reducing emissions by 14,000 tonnes of CO2eq per year.
  • The groups represent 2,600 active members, 44,000 supporters and have a social reach of 96,000 community members.
  • The groups have raised $74.5m for energy infrastructure – twice as much as was recorded for the entire 10 year period 2006 to 2015.
  • In-kind support and volunteer hours represent a further $6m per year in value.
  • Climate change, community participation in the renewable energy transition and increased energy reliability and self-sufficiency are the top three reasons for a community energy group to form.
  • Regional and remote areas represent a significant portion of community energy activity.

You can read the write up by authors, Community Power Agency and download the full report here.